Ideas and views from across the left
Ellie O’Hagan, 20 Nov 2014
Art and culture is essential for human connection and self-expression. It’s not a luxury for those who can afford it. We need to be bold enough to make the arguments for things that don’t simply have straightforward functional value.
Richard Murphy, 17 Nov 2014
Tax expert and accountant Richard Murphy gives his response to Labour plans to tackle tax avoidance.
Dr Kailash Chand, 4 Nov 2014
Read the speech given by Dr Kailash Chand OBE at Class Conference 2014.
Paul Kenny, 31 Oct 2014
Paul Kenny warns that many of Ukip’s supporters would actually be far worse off under its policies
Steve Hilditch, 17 Oct 2014
Steve Hilditch, a housing consultant and contributor to Red Brick, gives his response to the Lyons Review.
Ellie O’Hagan, 14 Oct 2014
There are large swathes of the electorate who are disillusioned, angry, alienated from politics, and feeling ripped off and unrepresented. Unfortunately this conclusion seems to have largely passed our political leaders by. There was a palpable sense of a bullet dodged at Labour conference after the Scottish referendum, and inadequate interest in why nearly half of Scotland’s population decided they’d rather live in a foreign country than be tied to Westminster. Sure, the leaders called for change – but you got the sense that they were only calling for change because they thought that’s what you have to do to make sure things stay the same. Ellie Mae O'Hagan looks over the implications of widespread disillusion.
Liam Crosby, 1 Oct 2014
An initial reaction to the announcement of further welfare cuts outlined at this year's Conservative Party Conference.
Adrian Weir, 25 Sep 2014
If the Government is struggling to win hearts and minds for TTIP it may be because of the questionable economic benefits promised, the experience of the Americans with NAFTA, the developing opposition of organised labour to ISDS and the realisation that improved labour rights may be undeliverable.
Rae Delanie Passfield, 22 Sep 2014
Income inequality in the UK is one of the worst in the developed world. With the five richest families holding more wealth than the bottom 20 per cent of the entire population, it is unsurprising people are so frustrated with the system. Class, together with the Institute of Employment Rights, published a report that discusses this disparity and how trade unions can offer vital empowerment for those battling against it.
Jim Sheridan MP, 18 Sep 2014
It’s clear that if workers are to get a decent deal there must be a big change in industrial relations in this country. As part of a broader programme of improving rights at work and the role of trade unions in the economy, the inclusion of worker representatives on company boards could be one way of achieving a more cooperative relationship between management and employees.
Dr Lydia Hayes, 8 Sep 2014
Our new book for Class and the Institute of Employment Rights is positive about the role trade unions could play in establishing a more equal economic future. As TUC we outline our recommendations.
Richard Bridge, 18 Aug 2014
Food banks help local authorities evade their responsibilities to benefit claimants. We must be careful of legitimising the notion of hunger as a matter for charity and depoliticising debate on the right to food.
Ellie O’Hagan, 8 Aug 2014
In June the leading economist Thomas Piketty joined Class at Parliament to discuss his work with Labour peer and Senior Adviser to Ed Miliband Lord Stewart Wood in front of an audience of MPs and policy makers. Here are the reactions.
Zoe Adams, Professor Simon Deakin, 8 Aug 2014
The Institute of Employment Rights has released a new publication entitled 'Re-regulating Zero Hours Contracts.' Here co-author Zoe Adams outlines the key points.
Shelly Asquith, 4 Aug 2014
This is the latest scramble to find a solution to the loans crisis, and potentially even more problematic than the now buried proposal of selling it off to private companies. Marketising education is an experiment which has cost the taxpayer more, not less, and saddled a generation of people with a debt they will likely never pay off.
Professor Prem Sikka, 31 Jul 2014
The government has unveiled proposals to defer or revoke bankers' bonuses in the event of misconduct. These proposals may soothe public anxieties, but they don't address the toxic banking culture which led to the financial crisis of 2008.
Polly Neate, 29 Jul 2014
Women's organisations created the Domestic Violence Law Reform Campaign to make domestic violence a specific offence. Only when society recognises domestic violence as a pattern of control, and not a one-off incident, will victims no longer be stigmatised and services no longer be provided of vital long-term funding.
Richard Simcox, 28 Jul 2014
As passport office staff strike for another 24 hours, PCS Press Officer Richard Simcox sheds some light on the internal workings of the dispute.
Matt Hawkins, 22 Jul 2014
Gingerbread’s latest report, Paying the Price: The long road to recovery, reveals how this dangerous cocktail of recession and cutbacks has particularly harmed single parent incomes and their job prospects.
Dave Arnold, 21 Jul 2014
Securing the future of our public services is a manifesto for the future of our public services, produced by Unison. It outlines in detail the challenges faced by public services, identifies key priorities and suggests solutions for the future.